Queen of All Saints Academy strives to keep each course up-to-date with the most accurate and advanced textbooks. For this reason, it is difficult to detail all of the books used in the curriculum since many of these could change every year.

With a teacher/student ratio averaging 4:1, every student receives personal attention. The less-gifted students are given the help they need to succeed while the more-gifted students are given the opportunity to accelerate in their studies.

The high school courses are formatted to receive accredidation from the Florida State Bright Future Scholarship Program. Seniors who receive high GPA and SAT scores are eligible for a full scholarship.

  • Lower School
  • Middle School
  • Upper School
Mathematics

The Lower School Arithmetic curriculum uses the Singapore Math program, an advanced math series designed to provide the students with a solid foundation in their arithmetic skills.

Math class The students become familiar with numbers 1-100 in kindergarten, and begin to work with the numbers in very basic, concrete exercises, learning simple combinations, money, and time.
In grades 2-4, the students continue to cover these fundamental concepts, becoming more familiar with them, and becoming better prepared to apply their learning to more abstract concepts. They begin to memorize their multiplication and division facts in grade 1 and are expected to know their 1-12 tables thoroughly before they enter grade 4.

Religion

First Communion 2008During Religion classes in the lower school, the students learn the fundamental truths of the Catholic Faith, as defined by the Council of Trent, and as was known and taught for so many years before the second Vatican Council. The Baltimore Catechism (unaltered) is the foundation for all of the lower school religion courses.
Students in the second year are prepared for their First Holy Communion, which takes place on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.
Students in the third and fourth year continue their catechetical studies in preparation for confirmation which is administered every four years to students in grades 5-8.

 

Reading
The Reading program used by the Academy is based on phonetics and the Merrill Linguistic program.

Oral reading followed by reading comprehension exercises make up the first and second grade level curriculum. The students in first grade read through an eight-volume Merrill Linguistics series, and those in second grade read through a four-volume Open Court series.

Grades three and four are tested in their comprehension of oral as well as silent reading. The students use the De La Salle Readers for the development of their oral reading in class. Aside from this they are given two books to complete on their own every quarter. They are tested on their comprehension of these selections during the quarterly exams.
Phonics

Phonics classThe phonetic structure of the English language is an invaluable course for the lower school. Phonics strengthens the student's reading, spelling, and vocabulary.

We have included it in the lower school curriculum for Grades K-4. We use the MCP Phonics series for our program.

Spelling
Spelling WorkoutThe Spelling program is also a part of the MCP series. It continues to reinforce the study of the phonetic structure of the English language.

The students learn the division of words (prefix, root, and suffix) and the linguistic origin of each part, learning not only the spelling of a word, but also the phonetic rules which govern its spelling. This course is given at a 1-2 year advanced level.
English

English classThe English curriculum is introduced in first grade. The course is based on the Shurley English program. We have adapted the program for our own use. The teachers use the book for creating lesson plans; however the methods and exercises have been reformatted by the academy.

This advanced program builds on a very strong organizational-skills foundation. The students learn to organize a simple sentence into its parts and then parse the words into groups and subgroups according to syntax. Having learned how to recognize and identify the different grammatical parts of a sentence, the students are able to build their own original sentences and unified paragraphs while still in first grade. Reciting Poetry

Students in grade three begin to prepare for the Public Speaking Program which begins in grade 5. They are assigned a poem every quarter which they memorize and recite during the quarterly speech contest.

Science

Science textbooksScience is an interesting and colorful course for the students in the lower level. They learn about the earth and the sky, plants and animals, their body and health through the Abeka Science Program.

The Abeka books are used at a 1-2 year advanced level. The Abeka series is one of the very few modern text books that accurately presents creationist science. Unfortunately, the series does contain a trace of Protestantism and the textbooks must be edited for the students - a long and tedious job every summer.

Geography

Lower School Geography ReferenceGrades 1 and 2 are given a general introduction to U.S. Geography. Grades 3 and 4 study U.S. Geography one year, with "Cantering the Country" as a guide, learning the states' locations, capitals, and early history; the following year they study the geography of the world as outlined by "Galloping the Globe," learning the continents and oceans and becoming familiar with the locations, capitals, and customs of the major countries of the world.

The students also learn basic map skills in the lower level through the MCP Mapskills program.

History

One of the most difficult tasks has been the structuring of a satisfactory history curriculum. There is no one text or series that sufficiently expounds the history of the world or of the United States in a complete, unbiased, and Catholic manner. There are some older Catholic textbooks, but they obviously do not treat of the modern era.

We therefore have set about to compile resources from several textbooks, both Catholic and secular. This is an enormous and time-consuming task, but necessary for the proper presentation of the matter.
The students therefore receive from the teacher notes compiled from these different references. Some of the textbooks used by the teachers are: 

Loyola University Press Voyages in History,
Father John Laux’s History Series
Anne Carroll’s History Series
The Leading Facts of History Series
Rev. A. Vuibert’s Ancient History
Fredet’s Modern History

We have also made use of the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn’s text entitled “Modern Errors” which gives a lengthy exposition of the problems of modern society and its historical development.

Performing Fine Arts

Junior Recorder ClassPiano LessonsStudents as young as five are encouraged to take part in the academy ensemble and choral programs. Violin, piano, and voice lessons are available at the school. Other lessons are arranged for the students to have in their homes.

View Recital clip here.

All of the students are given an opportunity to perform in the annual academy plays.

Physical Education

Boys

  • soccer
  • flag football
  • basketball

Girls

  • soccer
  • kickball
  • field hockey
  • jump rope


Field HockeyBoys' recess

 

Arithmetic

The Middle School's Arithmetic course uses the Saxon Math series. It begins with the basic content of arithmetic, addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; simultaneously introducing the foundational topics of geometry, algebra, and scale and graph reading.


The final level of arithmetic in the middle school introduces the student to the more abstract concepts of algebra and geometry and prepares him for the upper-level courses in mathematics.

Religion

Religion classThe student will complete Baltimore Catechism 3 & 4 during middle school. The course includes memorization of the material, but primarily focuses on the classroom discussions and question & answer, to ensure the student understands what he has memorized in the lower school.

The student will also study Bible History, concentrating on the symbolism and prefiguration as explained by the Doctors and Fathers of the Church.

English

The middle school English course is a progressive study of the structure of the English language. Grades 5-7 use the English series from Loyola Press. The student will become familiar with parsing sentences, outlining and building paragraphs, editing content with grammatical, punctuation, and capitalization errors, and composing original essays.

Public Speaking contest

During the last year of middle school, the students complete their study of grammar structure through the Marian Latin course.

The students in the Middle School also begin the Public Speaking Program which continues through twelfth grade. The students are given various controversial topics from which they choose one to research for the quarterly Public Speech Contest. The speech is delivered before the judges, teachers, students, families, and friends.
Reading
The reading curriculum for the Middle School is an introduction to literature. The course includes the De La Salle Readers series which supplies the students with exercises for oral reading and tests them on their comprehension of classic short stories and poetry.

The students are also introduced to the most famous works of the great literary authors. Every quarter they are assigned one or two books to read on which they are tested during the quarterly examinations.
Spelling
The students continue their progressive study of spelling and vocabulary through eighth grade.

Grades five & six finish the last two levels of the Spelling Workout series. Grades seven and eight follow a course set up by the academy.
Science

Physical ScienceThe Science curriculum for Middle School includes two years of General Science, using the Abeka Series at a two year advanced level.

The third year includes astronomy and an introduction to physics, an Abeka high school textbook. The last year is devoted exclusively to physics, using the Prentice Hall Physical Science book.

Geography

World GeographyThe Geography course consists of one year of United States geography and three years of world geography. Around the Wold in 180 Days

The U.S. Geography course includes a study of the states and capitals as well as a look at the regional traditions of our country through literature - "This is Our Country."

The World Geography course, two years with "Around the World in 180 Days" and one year with Prentice Hall's "World Geography", incorporates a study of the different cultures around the globe and gives the students the opportunity to expand their knowledge by using various reference sources to complete class assignments.

History

The history curriculum is divided into two years of American History and two years of World History.

One of the most difficult tasks has been the structuring of a satisfactory history curriculum. There is no one text or series that sufficiently expounds the history of the world or of the United States in a complete, unbiased, and Catholic manner. There are some older Catholic textbooks, but they obviously do not treat of the modern era.

We therefore have set about to compile resources from several textbooks, both Catholic and secular. This is an enormous and time-consuming task, but necessary for the proper presentation of the matter.
The students therefore receive from the teacher notes compiled from these different references. Some of the textbooks used by the teachers are: 

Loyola University Press Voyages in History,
Father John Laux’s History Series
Anne Carroll’s History Series
The Leading Facts of History Series
Rev. A. Vuibert’s Ancient History
Fredet’s Modern History

We have also made use of the Most Reverend Donald Sanborn’s text entitled “Modern Errors” which gives a lengthy exposition of the problems of modern society and its historical development.

Performing Fine Arts

Academy EnsembleAll of the students have an oportunity to sing in the Academy choir. The students learn how to read and sing Gregorian Chant and modern notation, including sacred polyphonic pieces as well popular folk tunes. Those who are especially talented are given the option to receive personal vocal training.`
The students also have an opportunity to play an instrument in the Academy ensemble. The ensemble performs twice a year, playing Classical chamber music, Christmas carols, and other favorites.

View Recital Clips here.

Physical Education
The middle school P.E., a course imperative to the character formation of the student, includes organized games of football, basketball, field hockey, and soccer, as well as other activities aimed at developing the students' motor skills.
Overview
Upper-school students at Queen of All Saints Academy follow a common, college preparatory course of study. This includes four years each of mathematics, English, science, and Theology; as well as three years of history, including American history, world history, and the history of the American government. Latin is begun in grade eight, and students may elect to continue their study of languages in the upper school by taking either French, Spanish, or Italian. Students also complete two years of music and physical education. To receive a diploma, a student must successfully complete at least 24 credited hours.
Mathematics

 

year 1- Algebra I
year 2 - Algebra II
year 3 - Geometry
year 4 - Advanced Mathematics (elective)

Religion

 

1 year - Dogma
1 year - Moral
2 years - Worship

English

 

year 1 - Grammar
year 2 - General Writing Skills
year 3 - Composition Skills
year 4 - Rhetoric/Dialectics

Sciences

 

1 year - Earth Science
1 year - Biology
1 year - Anatomy
1 year - Chemistry (elective)

Social Studies

 

1 year - American History
1 year - World History
1 year - Civics
4 years - World Geography

Foreign Languages

At least 2 years of elected language:

- Spanish
- French
- Italian
- Latin

Practical Arts

 

1 year - Typing
1 year - Computer Skills
1 year - Culinary Arts (elective)
1 year - Sewing (elective)

Performing Fine Arts

 

4 years - Chorus (elective)
4 years - Ensemble (elective)

View Recital Clips here.

Physical Education

At least one year of P.E.:

- Football
- Basketball
- Soccer
- Volleyball
- Track

Economics

 

One year

Life Management Skills

 

One year study of Catholic Morals incorporated into the Religion course for seniors.